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The New Oxford Book of English Light Verse (edition 1978)

by Kingsley Amis (Editor)

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Title:The New Oxford Book of English Light Verse
Authors:Kingsley Amis
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (1978), Hardcover, 416 pages
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This collection is more consistently "ight" than Auden's version, and starts later (with Shakespeare) and is proportionately more modern, ging down close to the 70's when it was published. However, somehow I was not as fascinated by it as I was by some items in the earlier version. ( )
  antiquary | Nov 1, 2013 |
Since Amis includes both American and British authors in his anthology, it seems odd to me that Ogden Nash is not included. Still, there are many other gems in this volume, which appears weighted toward poets known for more serious work. ( )
  auntieknickers | Mar 10, 2008 |
Decent collection of light verse. Has a number of possibilities for the lost art of poetry memorization and declamation. I've used it a number of time for preparing for story-telling bonfires. ( )
  jjones42 | Dec 6, 2007 |
A fine successor to Auden's anthology.
  Fledgist | Mar 6, 2007 |
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Identifying light verse with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (a policy Milne advocates, and which Amis supports with the contention that it was essentially a reaction to Augustan ‘correctness’) means that the book is rather short; the pre-1800 selection is an almost-cursory fifty pages, with Rochester and Swift on the credit side and Samuel Butler and Samuel Wesley to balance them. Representation of the nineteenth century is, of course, much more expansive, though perhaps not quite so much as might be expected: Byron and Praed are, so to speak, the opening bats, and really no one else comes near them... The inclusion of Wodehouse and Coward pleases me at any rate, but I should have liked a lot more Gavin Ewart, and the one-poem ration of Kipling is astonishing, especially from Amis. “The Sergeant’s Wedding’ is only one of several qualifiers.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192118625, Hardcover)

extremely funny and absorbing ... a refelction, of course, of the sureness of Amis's taste.'___ Books and Bookmen .

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This delightful anthology celebrates a rich and pleasing--if often underrated--tradition of English writing. The choice of poems reflects the great variety of light verse as well as the tastes and views of its distinguished editor. The selections range from genial satire to nonsense verse, from epigrams to limericks. More than 250 poems by some 80 authors provide a witty and consistently entertaining survey of English verse from Rochester and Ben Jonson to Anthony Powell and Philip Larkin. As Mr. Amis explains in a lively introduction, the principles on which he based this selection differ from those used by W.H. Auden in selecting for The Oxford Book of Light Verse (first published in 1938). Auden's definition of "light" was closer to "popular" than "humorous." Amis's collection--which includes familiar favorites as well as previously unpublished masterpieces--is lighter in heart, closer to a modern understanding of the meaning of "light."… (more)

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